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The New York Times did a groundbreaking expose on the television tastes of Barack Obama, and in addition to comedies like Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, the President also enjoys “anything edgy, with hints of reality,” as the Times puts it.

Among his favorites are Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and The Wire, as well as Breaking Bad, which the President is currently binge-watching — so no spoilers. “The show just ended after five seasons, but the president is way behind and frequently reminds those around him not to give anything away,” according to the Times.

Obama, sort-of perversely, is also a big fan of House of Cards and reportedly told Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient…This guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.”

But once he’s finished with Breaking Bad, how will he fill his hours (in addition to running the country and whatever)? Here are some recommendations:

–      Orphan Black: We may not have human clones (yet), but this story of a young mother who finds out she’s one of many copies feels eerily based in reality. Tatiana Maslany stars as every single one of her very different and very differently-accented selves in this dark and twisty (and frequently funny) show on BBC America.

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Battlestar Galactica: This 2004 reboot of the 70s sci-fi show would probably appeal to Obama, who is both a Star Trek fan and clearly interested in political dramas with a twist. The space thriller tackled controversial issues like terrorism and abortion —  not to mention the nature of humanity itself — in unconventional ways. Plus, there were robots. Double plus, there were robots that looked like people.

Justified: About to kick off its fifth season, Justified stars Timothy Olyphant as morally ambiguous lawman Raylan Givens. Based on a character created by Elmore Leonard, this show is both dryly hilarious and a better and more brutal crime drama than most. Season two in particular gave us arguably one of the greatest TV villains of all time in Margo Martindale‘s Mags Bennett.

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–      Brooklyn 9-9: To throw a comedy in there — since the President has already professed to being a fan of Parks and Recreation, he may as well give in to this cop comedy from the same creator, Mike Schur. Andy Samberg stars alongside Andre Braugher, whose deadpan glares rival those of Ron Swanson himself. The rest of the quirky cast could be straight out of Pawnee as well, if they weren’t so obviously from New York.

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Of course there’s always macabre goings-on at ShockMasters, the Hitchcock inspired channel streaming 24-7 for free at FilmOn:

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